Wednesday, 19 June 2019 | 07:39 WIB

Astra backs Indonesia-Germany Collaboration in promoting Vocational Education

Visit to Astra Manufacturing Polytechnic

JAKARTA, NNC - As a follow up to the collaboration between Indonesia and Germany in the field of vocational education, German's Economy and Energy Minister Peter Altmaier accompanied by Indonesia's Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto along with EKONID Managing Director Jan Rönnfeld visited the office of PT Astra International and Astra Manufacturing Polytechnic on Thursday, Nov 1.

The two ministers wishes to observe the cooperation results between Germany and Indonesia via EKONID (Indonesian-German Economic Association) in vocational education.

Astra International CEO Prijono Sugiarto who is also EKONID Chairman, welcomed the two ministers.

"The relations between German and Indonesia are strong and positive in various sectors. We still have a lot to learn from the German vocational education program. Hopefully we can continue to collaborate to educate highly competitive nationals," Prijono said in his statement on Friday, Nov 2.

In April 2016, President Joko Widodo visited Germany to closely observe its vocational education, considering that Germany has the best vocational education in the world.

During the visit, President Jokowi met with two Astra Manufacturing Polytechnic instructors, Elroy Fransiskus and Marco Adribrata , accompanied by Astra CEO Prijono Sugiarto.

The two instructors studied in Germany for 1 year to get their Meister certification in Automotive Care at the Alfons Kern Schule (AKS) in Pforzheim, Germany.

Astra established the Astra Bina Ilmu Foundation (YABI) in 1995 to organize Astra Manufacturing Polytechnic as a vocational higher education institution in technology.

Astra Manufacturing Polytechnic has succeeded in fostering two instructors who achieved their Meister certification from Germany in 2017, and 16 students achieved their DIHK (Deutsche Industrie und Handelskammer) certification in Mechatronics Automotive in 2018 as a cooperation result of AHK-EKONID.

Over the past 5 years, around 60 percent of Astra Manufacturing Polythecnic graduates have been absorbed directly by Astra Group. The absorption of graduates is one way to support government programs to link and match industrial needs and vocational schools.